Creative Writing

  • Department Information

    Creative Writing

    Department of English

    David Stevens, Chair
    Professors Ashe, Browder, Givens, Henry, Schwartz, Siebert
    Associate Professors Cheever, Gruner, Lurie, MacAllister, Outka, Pelletier, Russell, Singh, Stevens
    Assistant Professor Manganaro
    Director of Writing Center Essid
    Director of the Bridge to Success Program Snaza

  • Creative Writing Minor

    The Creative Writing Minor

    Note: A grade of C (2.0) or better is required in all coursework comprising the creative writing minor. Each writing course beyond CRWR 200 may be taken up to three times for credit.

    Six units, including:

    CRWR 200 Introduction to Creative Writing

    Four courses, chosen from the following:

    CRWR 385 Fiction Writing

    CRWR 386 Poetry Writing

    CRWR 390 Literary Translation

    CRWR 392 Creative Nonfiction Writing

    CRWR 397 Selected Topics in Writing

    CRWR 401 Creative Writing Portfolio

    One additional 200- or 300-level English course, either in literature, writing, or editing OR one of these courses from another department:

    FREN 324 Francophone Cultures and Literature

    FREN 461 From Modern to Postmodern

    LAIS 332 Introduction to Latin American Literature II

    LAIS 462 Visions of Contemporary Spain

    LAIS 472 Latin American Theater

    LAIS 474 Contemporary Writing in Latin America

    LAIS 477 Literature of the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean

    LAIS 486 U.S. Latino/a Literature

    LLC 322 Introduction to Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Russian Literature

    THTR 325 Script Analysis

    VMAP 257 Artist Book

Courses

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  • CRWR 200 Introduction to Creative Writing

    Units: 1

    Description

    An introduction to general principles. Students' fiction and poetry receive critical evaluation through workshops and conferences. The course is designed to improve students' creative and critical faculties through exposure to a variety of styles and genres in contemporary literature--e.g., poetry, fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, hybrid forms. The course emphasizes the finished product as well as the writing process, which includes not only putting words on paper, but also reading, analysis, and revision. Students examine forms and structures, word choice, line lengths and line breaks, sentences, paragraphs, beginnings and endings, rhetorical strategies, cadences and music, tone and voice, and syntax and diction. Class sessions include variations of the following: writing exercises, craft talks, discussion about the assigned readings, and discussion of student work. (Same as ENGL 200.)

  • CRWR 385 Fiction Writing

    Units: 1

    Description

    Analysis of literary models. Discussion and evaluation of students' own fiction. May be taken up to three times for credit. (Same as ENGL 385.)

    Prerequisites

    English 200 with a grade of C or better.

  • CRWR 386 Poetry Writing

    Units: 1

    Description

    Analysis of literary models. Discussion and evaluation of students' own poetry. May be taken up to three times for credit. (Same as ENGL 386.)

    Prerequisites

    ENGL 200 with a grade of C or better.

  • CRWR 390 Literary Translation

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduces students to the history, theory, and practice of translation, with a particular emphasis on translation after 1900.

    Prerequisites

    One 200-level English course or 300-level LLC or LAIS course with a grade of C or better.

  • CRWR 392 Creative Nonfiction Writing

    Units: 1

    Description

    Analysis of literary models. Discussion and evaluation of students' own creative nonfiction. May be taken up to three times for credit. (Same as ENGL 392.)

    Prerequisites

    English 200 with a grade of C or better.

  • CRWR 397 Selected Topics in Writing

    Units: 1

    Description

    Topics in creative writing. These will vary from semester to semester at the discretion of the instructor. Recently offered topics include Mixed-Media Writing and Micro Narratives. May be repeated for credit as topic varies. (Same as ENGL 397.)

    Prerequisites

    English 200 with a grade of C or better.

  • CRWR 401 Creative Writing Portfolio

    Units: 1

    Description

    An advanced creative writing course in which students pursue a semester-long project or portfolio in any genre (poetry, fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, multimedia, etc.) and workshop their works in progress. Appropriate for students working in traditional forms (e.g. short-story, poetry, memoir, etc.) or students working in forms not typically covered by other writing courses (e.g. graphic novel, screenplay, multimedia, etc.). May be repeated once for credit, but only one may count towards the minor in Creative Writing. (Same as ENGL 401.)

    Prerequisites

    One of the following: English 385, 386, 387, 392, or 397.